=JCFN Personnel for 2018 (as of July 1st, 2018)=
1. General Secretary position is abolished and changed to Japan/North America Director positions. 2. Staff Coordinator position is established. That position will be the representative of the organization and convenes and chairs the joint staff meeting. Japan and North American director with take responsibility for the the Staff Coordinator position rotating every two years.
<North America Head Office>
Setsu Shimizu, North America Director
Setsu Kuroda Shimizu (Photo Attached) was born and raised in a pastor’s family in Kishiwada, Osaka, She confessed faith in Jesus at the age of 10 and wanted to devote herself to serve the Lord, but until she graduated from college, her actions did not reflect her faith. From the time she was 15 years old and her family moved to Hawaii, Setsu has lived in the U.S She was involved in evangelizing international students as a high school student and went on to study at Fuller Seminary rededicated herself to the Lord during Urbana 90 and was led to JCFN where she has been a full-time staff worker since 1994. She was married to Masaomi Shimizu in June, 2011. He became a Christian in Denver and attended the same church with Setsu. He has also attended equipper conferences and grown as a Christian. Upon returning to Japan, he was involved in JCFN ministry for returnees in Fukuoka. Setsu is looking to the Lord for her new chapter in ministry.
Yuko Ozeki, Staff
Yuko Ozeki came to know about Jesus Christ at the church she attended with her mother from the time she was in elementary school.After having experienced some of the joy and the hardships of Christian life in Japan during junior high, high school, college and working in an office, she arrived in bitterly cold Chicago on Christmas day 1996 to study at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She came to realize the importance of evangelizing Japanese and equipping them for their return to Japan.In the spring of 1999, the Lord called Yuko to become a full-time JCFN staff worker and she has been working hard since November, 2000.
<Japan Head Office>
Chihiro Okada, Japan Director
Chihiro Nakamura was born in Chiba, and grew up in Tokyo. Since the age of five, she grew up where church was her second home. At the age of twelve, she met Christ personally and confessed her faith. She studied Christian counseling at college. In 2002, she went to the United States to continue her studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. However, only two months later, while still in ESL program, God called her to become a pastor in Japan through the book of Jeremiah. While she was at Fuller, through her internship at JCFN, she saw God using her gift and training. She found His calling through JCFN at this point. She completed the degree of Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary in June, 2006. As Christ’s disciple, Chihiro found joy in discipleship training to equip Christ’s disciples. She was installed as a full-time JCFN staff member in April 2007. Since April 2013, she has been serving in Japan.
Maki Goto, Staff
Maki Goto was born in Hashima-shi, Gifu in 1970 as the second son and sixth child in a pastor’s family.As a child, he did not understand the true meaning of the gospel, but at the age of 15 he came to accept Jesus as his Savior and was baptized.Visiting his sister in the States at age 19 motivated him to study in the U.S.He realized this dream when he was 21 as a student of a junior college in Southern California.Later, he went to a Bible college where he began to care about Japanese returnees and was led to work for JCFN. Maki was blessed by his marriage to Mitsuyo. He now has a son, Mel, and two daughters, Miri and Maya. He has returned to Japan in the spring of 2004 to work in the Japan office and currently living in the west side of Tokyo.